What do car and truck drivers learn about motorcycles
Think not of it as a motorcycle when a motorcycle is in motion; think of it as a human.
Motorcycles can be difficult to spot, so be sure to always look out for them, especially at intersections.Checkout website for more info.
Because of its small size a motorcycle might look farther away than it is. Assume a motorcycle is closer than what it looks like.
Bikers often slow down by shifting or rolling off the throttle, and do not activate a light on the brake. You should therefore give three or four seconds of following distance and expect a biker will slow down without a visual warning.
Bikers also change the location inside a lane to make it easier to see and move away from road obstacles, cars going through and wind. Understand that these changes in place are not about being careless or requiring you to share a lane with them.
Moral Obligations of Bikers
Get a licence. It has been estimated that one-third of bikers killed in crashes are either not licensed or are not licensed properly. State licensing agencies ensure motorcycle operators have the skills required to operate a motorcycle safely.
Know the laws of the helmet in your State.
Make sure you get coverage for the insurance. Most states need insurance for the liability.
Don’t accelerate. In 2007, speeding was involved in 36 per cent of all fatal motorcycle accidents.
Never drink alcohol and ride a motorbike. 27 per cent of bikers involved in fatal accidents had a concentration of blood alcohol above the legal limit in 2007.
Helmet-Ensure your helmet has a DOT (Transport Department) compliance sticker. That means the helmet follows certain minimum requirements for impact.
Face security-Ensure that your face cover is clean and free of scratches. If your lenses get tinted, take another that’s transparent in case you ‘re riding at night.
To avoid abrasion, pants and jackets should be made of thick material, for example leather.
Gloves should be worn at all times to prevent hand or finger damage.
To cover your ankles wear over-the-angle boots made from sturdy leather. Make sure that your boots do have rubber soles and a strong tread pattern for easy grip.
Wear high visibility gear such as reflective and bright clothing.
Before you go
Read the owner’s manual to get a sense of how to operate and maintain your bike.
Check for cuts, foreign objects and strain on the tyres.
Check out the pieces below:
Stiffness or kink controls
Amps, signals to transform, horn and mirrors
Niveaus of oil , fuel, and coolant
Sidestand and middle
Carrying your motorcycle with a rider
Be mindful that some states have minimum age requirements for passengers on motorcycles.
Review your owner’s manual for tips on how to prepare a passenger for ride.
If you decide to carry a child, ensure that the child is able to take on the responsibilities and reach the footrests. They have to wear a helmet and other protective gear and hold hand-holds onto you or the passenger.
Recall that a passenger’s extra weight can affect braking procedures, starting from a stop and going through a corner.
Start the motorcycle before mounts to the passenger.
Before riding, practice low-speed clutch / throttle control as well as normal and emergency braking with a passenger in an open area, like a parking lot.
Hold a riders’ meeting before heading out to discuss the route, stops, hand signals and what to do if there is an accident or someone is separated from the party.
Each group should have at least one rider with a cell phone, first aid kit and a full tool kit.
It’s necessary to ride in formation to allow enough time and space to maneuver and respond to hazards.
Do not ride in side-by – side configurations because they reduce the cushion of space.
From time to time check your rear view mirror for riders to drive.